Monday 16 December 2013 

Video - Watson Hoping For 'Special' Ashes Win

Shane Watson feels Australia are on the brink of completing a 'special' Ashes series victory but knows he and his team-mates can't get ahead of themselves.

Barring a record-breaking display from England or an unexpected weather event, Australia should go on to wrap up The Ashes by taking five wickets on the final day of the third Test in Perth.

However, Watson, who smashed a century on day three to help set England 504 to win, says that the way they bowled as England reached stumps on 251 for five gave the home side a bit of a warning.

"A good night's sleep will freshen our bowlers up and to be able to have a really good crack, first thing in the morning," he said.

"We didn't bowl as well as we would have liked in that last session. We were not as probably as consistent as what we were throughout the rest of this Test series.

"But we certainly know what we have to get back to be able to bowl the English guys out. Stokes batted really well as did Ian Bell. They certainly provided a good challenge for us.

"We know that if we ... well, we have just got to get back to the things that have given us the success throughout this series so far. Just bowling those fuller lengths and challenging a bit more than what we did this afternoon."

Watson then said that being just five wickets away (and one of those is an injured Stuart Broad) from an Ashes series win is huge for all of the Australians, not just Watson, who has never been involved in an Ashes-winning team.

"It's a special moment at this point in time, in everyone's career in the Australian team, to be in a position that we are, but we certainly can't get in front of ourselves," Watson cautioned.

"We know that the English are always going to fight until the end and we're going to have to be at our best, turning up tomorrow morning to be able to get the results that we deserve.

"And we've certainly had the running in every game, we've made the running in every Test match so far.

"But certainly the game doesn't owe us anything, we've got to be out there in the morning and bowl really well to give ourselves the best chance to be able to achieve a few dreams for a lot of us who have been involved for the last few series, especially."

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